Saturday, 5 January 2013

Let's do the Time-Warp...

This morning, the CITV channel were airing a restrospective of old Childrens' programmes from the 80s and 90s under the banner of CITV's Old Skool Weekend. Apparently it's the channel's 30th birthday, hence the tele-visual trip down memory lane.



And oh the memories. If you were a child in the UK in the 90s, you will have no doubt being in the thrall of such masterpieces as Art Attack, Count Duckula, Children's Ward, Fraggle Rock, Knightmare, and Raggy Dolls on weekday afternoons. 



To see these again, nearly twenty years later, is like donning your old favourite much loved, and much worn, jumper. The warm, comforting and cosy feeling is much the same.

Watchdogs and QUANGOs can demonise television all they like; the perceived impact it's having on children psychologically and socially and its part in the child obesity epidemic, but, to me, the wealth of memories and the shared bond it holds down the line is priceless. 

A quick glance at my Twitter feed bears this out. There was a lot of joy and eager reminiscing this morning among the late 20s-early 30s crowd. Just the mention of Fun House was enough to send us into paroxysms of rapture. And when it actually came on our screens? Well, Twitter was on fire: the hairstyles, the prizes, the lo-fi technology, the clothes, Pat Sharp. Forget smartphones, forget the internet, forget social networking. Just show us episodes of the favourite television shows of our youth (and Pat Sharp) and we're in seventh heaven.

I loved the unabashed joy this retrospective stirred up. It was the perfect bit of escapism. With the news full of ever increasing doom and gloom, and the responsibilities of the adult world laying heavy on our shoulders, it was delightful to be transported, just for half an hour or so, to a time when the world was a far simpler place for us. And Children's Television presenters wore mullets and highly flammable clothing. Regardless of gender.

So, CITV, I applaud you for this genius piece of scheduling. I thank you, from the bottom of my (nearly) 30-something heart, for reviving, for just this small 48 hour window, these children's television gems and making an entire generation smile.

Altogether now: Fun House, a whole lot of fun, prizes to be won....




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